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'Lost Children' author: Writers must 'document' pandemic

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 8:39am

Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli says she has lowered the “volume and speed” of her life. She is arranging books in alphabetical order, planting legumes on her balcony and listening to old recordings from Argentinian author Julio Cortázar.

New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 7:39pm

Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones.

Caylee Hammack's band went from concerts to mowing lawns

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 1:10pm

Country singer Caylee Hammack and her band are facing months without income after the concert industry came to a halt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So they put down their guitars and started pushing lawnmowers.

'Wicked' movie release delayed, 'Minions' pushed to 2021

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 11:46am

“Wicked” fans are going to have to wait even longer to see Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Universal Pictures on Wednesday announced that another handful of theatrical release dates are shifting due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has bumped “Wicked” off the calendar entirely for the moment.

Oprah on rap song 'Oprah's Bank Account': LOVEEEEEEEE IT!

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 10:33am

Lil Yachty, DaBaby and Drake's new rap song “Oprah's Bank Account" is one of Oprah's favorite things.

Actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus at 76 in Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 3:39pm

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.

Need a laugh? SiriusXM launches channel for female comics

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 9:54am

The midst of a global pandemic might seem like an odd time to launch a radio channel devoted to female comedians, but executives at SiriusXM believe that it's precisely the right time.

Virus: Elton John-led concert raises $8M; Rihanna ups aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 9:12am

a number that is being matched by Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation.

Tenor Placido Domingo feels 'fine' after coronavirus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:24pm

Tenor Placido Domingo said Monday he is resting at home after catching the new coronavirus.

New at home this week: 'Onward,' Nina Simone and 'The Talk'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:37pm

they may be largely off limits for the moment, but not on a device near you.

Dutch museum says Vincent van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 7:17am

Dutch museum says Vincent van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid.

Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser wins Whitman award

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 6:01am

The Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. Almontaser's “The Wild Fox of Yemen” comes out in April 2021.

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 4:54am

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 10:47pm

Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70.

Eilish, Carey, more sing from home to raise funds for virus

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 7:24pm

Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl opened their doors — literally — as the musicians performed from their homes for an hour-long benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform requests on live special

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 10:22am

Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking viewer requests during a live prime-time show this week filmed at their home.

Polish composer, conductor Krzysztof Penderecki dies at 86

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 3:01am

Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like “The Shining” and “Shutter Island,” died Sunday. He was 86.

Oprah on coronavirus: 'Playing it as safe as I possibly can'

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 2:28pm

Oprah Winfrey says she’s playing it safe when it comes to the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Country singer Joe Diffie tests positive for coronavirus

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 1:32pm

A publicist for Joe Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kristen Bell hosts Nick pandemic special for kids, families

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 9:04am

Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters' concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday.